Sergeant WyTasha Lamar Carter

Sergeant WyTasha Lamar Carter

Birmingham Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Sunday, January 13, 2019

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WyTasha Lamar Carter

Sergeant WyTasha Carter was shot and killed as he and another officer attempted to arrest two men who were breaking into vehicles at a bar in 900 block of Fifth Avenue North just before 2:00 a.m.

They were in the area on a special detail as the result of a recent rash of vehicle break-ins. A plainclothes officer spotted two subjects pulling on door handles of various cars and notified Sergeant Carter, who was in uniform and responded to the parking lot. The officer and Sergeant Carter stopped the two subjects and began to pat them down for weapons.

One of the men suddenly produced a handgun and shot at the officers, fatally wounding Sergeant Carter and critically wounding a second officer.

One of the subjects was wounded by return gunfire before both men were taken into custody.

Sergeant Carter was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He had served with the Birmingham Police Department for eight years and had previously served with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Leeds Police Department, and Fairfield Police Department for an additional nine years. He is survived by his wife and children.

In May 2020, I-59/20 between mile markers 128 and 129 was renamed Sergeant Wytasha L. Carter Memorial Highway in his honor.

Bio

  • Age 44
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender In custody

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On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when WyTasha was killed in the line of duty.

To the Carter family, fellow officers, and all who call WyTasha beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support. I know that that you will receive that same kind of support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Jackson gave to his community and the citizens of Alabama and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on January 13, 2019.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 18, 2020

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